I woke up yesterday morning to find snow on the lawn. Winter is in full force now, and with only one pair of tracksuit bottoms to keep me warm, I thought it was time to buy some more. Actually, I'd been thinking of this for the last two months, but finding the right clothes for me is always a struggle. While I was out it started snowing again, and I could feel the chills setting in. I was determined to find at least one pair of tracksuit bottoms.
I was, however, pretty laden with shopping by this point, and did not particularly want to trudge from shop to shop with heavy bags. For that reason, going to a department store seemed like the best option. They have a large range of different brands and styles, which meant I was more likely to find something suitable, and as it is all under one roof, it meant no going in and out from the cold all the time.
Seeing as how I successfully found a winter coat at Debenhams last month, I thought I would try my luck again. I was into a good thing from the start because as I approached, I saw big blue banners hanging from the store windows. That could only mean one thing: Debenhams Big Blue Cross Sale was on.
The racks were filled with clothes up to 70% off - womenswear, menswear, pyjamas, and even fuzzy slippers. Unlike a lot of shops during sales time (Marks & Spencers comes to mind), Debenhams's sale wracks were neatly organised to make things easy to find. There was no need to search every rail of miscellaneous goods for something in your size. At Debenhams, each rail was dedicated to a particular item of clothing - be it shirts, trousers, dresses, or coats - and each rail had a designated size. You could search for a size 10 or size 16 easily, without wasting time.
Debenhams also takes into account that not everyone is a mathematician, and very helpfully put signs up showing how much items cost when reduced. For example, in the lingerie department, there was a poster with a guide to items at 20% off. So an item marked £20 is now £16, or and item marked £25 is now £20. Very helpful for me, as I get in a complete twizzel dealing with numbers.
I was looking at Pineapple's range of clothing, which I like because they do lots of sporty things, and found four pairs of tracksuits at 20% off. My first thought was. "Typical. Out of all the clothes for sale at 70% of, I find the ones at only 20%." But since they were not that expensive to start with, I could not complain.
Two of the trousers I tried on fit, and since a 50% success rate is a new record for me, I did not hesitate to take them to the till. Turns out that my luck was not to end there, because even though the trousers were marked as 20% off, I actually got a 40% discount.
The Blue Cross Sale lasts until the 27th January and includes discounts for clothing, beauty, and home and furniture on selected items (most items are on sale).